Seniors Descend to the Baja and Loreto

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About three quarters of the way down the Baja Peninsula from the US border is Loreto. I discovered that Loreto, pop. 10,000+,  is one of the oldest settlements in the Baja California peninsula.

Loreto carries senior travelers deep into a Mexico of legends and colonial splendor, whether you’re wandering its winding streets, exploring caves and admiring prehistoric cave paintings, or enjoying a dip in the Sea of Cortez.

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I was surprised to learn that there were pre-historic caves in the area. Fishing is Loreto’s main tourist attraction. Senior visitors can hire a “panga”, a small flat-bottomed boat, with a guide and set out into the Sea of Cortez for “Mahi-Mahi”, also called “Dorado” and “Dolphin Fish”.

Pleasant weather year-round and less crowded than some resort towns, Loreto is a great base for snorkeling, sport fishing or just relaxing on the beach. Loreto remains a quiet seaside gem.

There are no cruise ships. Instead, there is the Loreto Bay National Marine Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site made up of five islands accessible only by boat. In Nopoló, just few miles to the south, golfers will find an 18-hole, par-72 course, and tennis enthusiasts can enjoy a first-rate facility with 8 tennis courts.

Seniors Discover Rich History

Senior visitors will enjoy unsurpassable natural surroundings including beautiful beaches, breathtaking cliffs, impressive rock formations and, of course, a closer look at where the colonization of Baja California all began.

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Loreto is rich in culture, as you’ll see when you witness its colorful traditions and festivities. The most important celebration in this picturesque city, the Feast of Our Lady of Loreto, is held on September 8th in honor of its beloved patron saint.

 As the first capital of the Californias, Loreto’s culture runs as deep as its rich history. Loreto was the first Spanish colony on the Baja Peninsula, founded by Jesuits in 1697.

Visitors can learn about Loreto’s historic past at the Jesuit Missions Museum, next to the old and still well-preserved parish church, Our Lady of Loreto.

 Senior Sport Fishing

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Enjoy world-class sport fishing and play golf and tennis at the Nopolo recreational sports complex. With year round temperatures averaging in the 80′s, outdoor activities are always available.

The Loreto Bay National Marine Park, the Mission San Javier and the Marina Park Bahia de Loreto are three major attractions that seniors find fun and interesting.

The Malecon, a surfside avenue, is Loreto’s center for people-watching, by day and night. Whale watching is another possibility if you have never done this before. Then try sailing, kayaking, diving, horseback riding, mountain biking and beach combing or take a tour to the beautifully restored Mission of San Javier high up in the mountains behind the city of Loreto.

This is a town real with authentic Mexican charm that attracts travelers to its gracious hotels and slow-going lifestyle.  jeb

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